good food, god awful service. Yes, the food is to-die-for. Seriously. And they have a $25-dollar-a-bottle wine list. The decor is very New York and the bar stocks everything you could want to drink. However, the service itself will keep me from going back. We had reservations for 9pm on a Friday. We were sat at 9:30. Our Screech-look-alike waiter didn't know much about wine or the food and rarely troubled himself to stop by. (Mind you, we didn't order off the $25 dollar list, we had two expensive bottles for four people) Our appetizers stopped by around 10 and our food 45 minutes later. Who knows, maybe it was the rain - I'm not going back. There are too many other fantastic restaurants in SF with better-than-Myth service to waste my time.
Incredible wine list, beautiful decor.. The atmosphere is modern, spacious, and comfortable. The wood and stone make for a clean yet warm sensation. The food is suprisingly good to a girl who has never preferred french food. Find sweetbreads and truffle pasta that are delicious. Paired with a couple of stunningly good wines, and you're in for a memorable meal.
I now see why it's difficult to get reservations.....
I now see why its difficult to get reservations. To star off, the food is fabulous we had a hard time trying to describe what style it really. The closest we could make out was refined rustic fare. The prices were extremely reasonable for this caliber of a restaurant as is the wine list.
We started off with the escargot and Octopus starter. My Beaux liked this dish more so than I. It was quite different than what we anticipated based on the description given. The Pernod was a nice touch with the Fennel and tender escargot.
We then moved to the Sweetbread Salad, all I have to say is DO NOT miss this one. The sweetbreads were crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside but the star of the dish was the sauce. The smokiness of the bacon permeated the silky rich sauce. We had made a mental note that if we had room afterward we would go back to this dish.
Our middle courses were the Rigatoni with Foie Gras cream sauce and hen of the woods mushrooms, (I dont think that I need to say much more about this) and Shitake coated Seared Scallops on a bed of Pureed Potatoes (again whats not to like).
Our main courses were the Duck which came with a herb coated skinless breast done to perfection paired with a confit served on a Corn cake that was more like a corn stuffing cake, unique and delicious. Our Duck was followed by the Pancetta Wrapped Rabbit, a wonderful dish with the exception of the lentils (which gave the dish an earthy flavor that didnt pair well with the rabbit).
We finished with the cream brulee and cheese course perfection! We will be going back on a regular basis.
over rated. I don't really get it about getting the reservation for this restaurant. It would take you month to get one. The hostress is really nice but the services in dining feel to rush and that feel uncomfortable. Food was not all that. You could find the same kind of food and much better flavor elsewhere. "Oysters wasn't that fresh"
An evil hostess!. Unfortunately, Myth is a little confused about how to take reservations. On Opentable, they allow their customers to make reservations for 9:30, but then call to attempt to change the reservation so that they may close their kitchen early. I made a reservation online for 9:30 on a Tuesday night. The reservationist then called me later in the day to inform me that a table had opened up at 9, and if I wanted to come in early, it would be fine. I, however, thought it would be difficult to get there by 9, and asked if it was okay that we come in at 9:30. She, of course, agreed. This was not the case. The reservationist then actually CHANGED the reservation to 9 without telling me. When I arrived at the restaurant at 9:30, the hostess - the EVIL hostess - informed me that the kitched had closed at 9:30, and we would not be able to dine. I was confused as to how one could make a reservation for 9:30, but would then have to order in a matter of minutes because the kitchen would close on them?? This is no way to run a restaurant. In fact, as I write this review, I notice that Citysearch lists the restaurant hours as 5:30 to 10! This restaurant needs to get their heads out of their rears and figure things out. It doesn't matter how good your food is, or how pretty your diningroom if you can't get through the door to sit down.
Try the foie gras pasta.
My husband and I were very pleasantly surprised by Myth. The food was exceptional and the space is lovely. The service was fine - nice, but not knowledgable. This is, however, not a reason to miss Myth. Service in this town is a total toss-up.
What I love about this restaurant: full or half-sized entrees (perfect for trying multiple things but not being a glutton), a full page of $25 bottles of wine (these, they reason, are wines that they think are great and want you to try - thus the nice price), the food. We had the corn salad, foie gras pasta (yes, please), I had 1/2 order of the scallops which were fantastic, and my husband - who's never had rabbit or even been enticed by it - tried the rabbit. Who knew rabbit was so tasty? They do a beautiful job with the food.
Some great dishes.
Dined there for the first time this week. We ordered 6 items and loved 4 of them. The special gnocchi starter was absolute heaven with shaved truffles. The seared scallops were done perfectly with a crispy but not burned crust. The duck breast was bland despite being served with a delicious sounding sauce. The desserts were scrumptous! The raspberry souffle was bursting with fresh raspberry flavor although a tad small.
The service was attentive but a bit too swift to remove our plates - I'm not a speed eater so find it annoying to repeatedly state that I'm not finished and prevent my food from being removed. Yes, I know how to place my silverware to indicate that I am still eating. I know it's a popular place but the reservation system should allow for proper dining time especially since we were there on a Wed evening before 6pm.
Nice ambiance - no need to shout despite the open kitchen format.
myth: reality or myth?. There has been alot of talk amongst those who dine that Myth will be the ultimate place to go on a regular basis ( more than 1-2x a week) because of the beautiful atmosphere, the relatively affordable prices, the impressive chef/owner, the semi-secretive tourist repellant location and the relaxed dress code. I really, really like Myth. But there is an attitude that permeates the perfectly executed deliberately darkened air here that is almost as uncomfortable as the hard wood seating. To the reviewer that mentioned the rude waiter with the French accent, you are sooooo right!!! I almost fainted when our waiter approached our table asking us if we wanted bottled mineralwater or plain in a very obvious French accent. The one and the same! The waiter from Hell! I had read the review so I was well prepared. Another gripe is the lava lamp/ mood ring mentality that announces that you have purchased the bottled mineral water by placing a lighted coaster under the bottle. What is with this!?! But to the Foodies, I must admit the food here was very,very good. The oysters were fantastic. The steak brilliant. The wine list admirable. I certainly would go back again but perhaps not on a regular basis, not until the waiter from hell pushes his lighted mineral water elsewhere.
Great ambiance, service and food. Was lucky to get reservations same night which I understand is unheard of, but there was a cancellation... showed up at 7:30 for my 9:30 reservation and we got seated around 8ish and the hostess was very helpful. Great recommendations from the bar and our waiter as to which small plates and entrees my date and I should order... Overall it was a great experience and I will go again, making sure that I make reservations ahead of time.
Great Food and Service.
My wife and I had the opportunity to dine at Myth on a Thursday night. From the moment we walked in the door we knew we were in for a treat. Our table in the corner gave us a view of the beautiful space and a great people watching vantage point. Our waiter Jonathan was amazingly helpful. When asked he made some wonderful suggestions and as the evening progressed and he understood our tastes he was able to guide us enhancing the night. Some of my favorite dishes were:
Oregon Bay Shrimp Poke with Cucumber, Shiso, Limu, Tatsoi, Hijike and Kukui
Lobster Gazpacho with Dungeness Crab, Lemongrass, Cilantro and Croutons
Seared Scallops with Abalone Mushrooms, Corn and Potato Puree
I recommend Myth whole heartily and we look forward to our next trip.
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